Clean Start: September 27, 2011

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Massive flooding hit the Philippine capital and killed seven people on Tuesday as typhoon winds and rains isolated the historic old city where residents waded in waist-deep waters, dodging tree branches and debris. [Time]

The Senate on Monday evening passed a bipartisan deal with the House to avert a government shutdown and assure that federal disaster relief funds continue to flow, after angering many of the hundreds of thousands of Americans left homeless or in bad shape by hurricanes and floods. [Fiscal Times]

The toll in the current flood in Odisha, India rose to 27 today, even as the state government intensified relief operation in over 1,100 marooned villages. [First Post]


Scientists have found that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has damaged fish living in Louisiana marshes. [Science Daily]

Yesterday in West Virginia, a series of politicians, industry leaders and state regulators voiced strong opposition to the Obama administration’s rewriting of rules to protect waterways from mountaintop removal mining. [E&E; News]

Scientists are warning that there will be a major climate-induced increase in ozone-related deaths over the next 60 years. [Science Daily]

“We are holding the future of every species on this planet — including ourselves — hostage,” writes the New York Times editorial board. [NYT]

Every day, more than 100 million cubic feet of natural gas, 20 percent of production, is flared across North Dakota — enough energy to heat half a million homes for a day, emitting the same carbon pollution as a coal-fired power plant. [New York Times]


The American Petroleum Institute, which represents the oil and gas industry, is asking EPA not to finalize new restrictions for refineries, including for carbon dioxide, until late 2013, to allow additional time to review the rules and for industry to comply with them. [E&E; News]